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Books Rock! ~My new radio show!

Books Rock! And now they’re literally going to be rocking with me live on air. Woohoo! I’m proud to announce that I’ve been given my very own radio show over at Siren 107.3 FM.

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Launching on Saturday 21 June at 11 am UK time, Books Rock! will air monthly for one hour to begin with. I can’t tell you how excited I am!! In every show I’ll feature a couple of authors alongside readers and reviewers. There’s also a brand new ‘reality radio’ segment which will chart the progress of one aspiring Lincoln-based writer. Last but not least, there’ll be music! (It’s not called Books Rock! for no reason…. LOL!)

The theme of the first edition of Books Rock! is “The Writing Journey”. Here’s the lineup:

Authors Talli Roland  and Jill Mansell
Book bloggers JB Johnston and Kim Nash 
Aspiring Lincoln author, Karina Jackson

Woohooo! Tune in live or online at 11 am UK time on
Saturday, 21 June, or catch the podcast after the show. ROCK ON!

 

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Everybody Have A Good Time!

It’s Music Monday!

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There really is only one song I could possibly post today. Here it is:

And here’s the reason why this is the only song I could possibly post today:

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Wooohooo!!!

And there’s more! Because: *squeeeeeeeeeeeee* All things being well and no hiccups, disasters or other unscheduled mishaps getting in the way, I’ll be interviewing The Darkness briefly tomorrow before the show, for and on behalf of The Midweek Drive on Siren 107.3 FM.  Excuse me a moment while I go cheer quietly in a corner of my study…  Okay, back again. The interview is scheduled to be aired on Wednesday, 27 November 2013, on Siren 107.3 FM between 5pm and 7pm. Tune in or miss out! More news plus photos –assuming I get Permission to Land Post! — soon…. 😀

Music Monday Special: IT’S MY LIFE plus Winners, Podcast Linkies and Festival of Romance Pics

Happy Music Monday!

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So. How’ve you been? Last week got away from me from the word go, and after the big Siren FM ‘Spirits of Christmas’ On Air Festive Fun Extravaganza, I went completely MIA.  Very bad form of me, but there was a reason! The reason being that a cold gripped me and wouldn’t let me go! And at the weekend, it was time for the Festival of Romance ~ so now it’s Monday again and I’m asking myself, where did the last seven days go?

Well. This is the rock star lifestyle for sure, right? So here’s a fitting song. I know I shared Bon Jovi last week already when sleep seemed the most elusive resource of all… but hey, if this band will write the most appropriate songs for the soundtrack of my life, I can’t help it, right? Here goes. STAY TUNED (i.e. read on) for your Radio Party Podcast Linkies and some photos from the weekend’s Romance Fest!

WINNERS!

The winners of the Spirits of Christmas On Air Festive Fun Extravaganza Party were announced live on the show. You can also hear the announcements in the podcast, but let’s give the winners a big cheer here too.

Rachel Miles and Lheanne Spicer ~ One signed paperback copy of Spirits of Christmas each!

Dawn Crooks ~ One “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” CD

Congratulations!!!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered. I was stunned, as always, by the response to this giveaway, especially given the very short countdown time of only three days. You all ROCK and I feel the lurve!

The Spirits of Christmas Festive Fun Podcasts 

The Party Team: Ed Wellman and Katie Grimason; and Holly Cox, myself, Emily and Rosie. We rocked it!

The Party Team: Ed Wellman and Katie Grimason; and Holly Cox, myself, Emily and Rosie. We rocked it!

Missed the show? Never fear! The good folks at Southside Broadcasting like to make the shows available for all posterity, and you can listen in here:

Part 1
Part 2

It was rockin’ awesome! And is if that wasn’t enough fun for one week, after two days of languishing on the sofa with a dreadful cold, I made my way to Bedford for….

Festival of Romance!

Saturday morning saw me arriving (very nearly) bright-eyed and thoroughly excited in Bedford for immediate setting up of table at the Romance Fair. This year, we were hosted in the Harpur Suite, and the punters started arriving as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. The fair passed faster than you could say “Romance Fest 2013” with a steady stream of visitors passing by my stall. Evidently I did a reading! I chose a little passage from “Spirits of Christmas” that was suitable for the “Royal Baby Shower” theme. And evidently, I opened my reading with a short burst of song. LOL!

The gala/ball was splendiferous! My congratulations go out once again to all the award winners, you totally rocked it! I’m still reeling from all the fun and information packed into the industry event on Sunday. And it was amazing meeting all manner of readers and friends, many of whom I knew from Facebook or Twitter but hadn’t hitherto met face-to-face: JB Johnston, Carol Wright, Heidi Bartlett, Kiru Taye, Talli Roland, Manda Ward, Glynis, Sheryl Browne, Les Moriarty, Pete Cook, Linn Halton, Mandy Baggot, Fi Harper, Kate Allen, Cat, Jane Lovering, Terri Nixon, Lyn, Caroline… the list goes on and on!

If you missed it this year, I’d thoroughly recommend you check out this fabulous event next year and: I’ll see you there!

Ready for Doors Open!

Ready for Doors Open!

Two happy authors: Nicky and Lyn!

Two happy authors: Nicky and Lyn!

JB!!!!!

JB!!!!!

Manda Ward, so nice to meet you!

Manda Ward, so nice to meet you!

JB and Sheryl at the end of Sunday's industry event... we can't believe it's time to go home already!

JB and Sheryl at the end of Sunday’s industry event… we can’t believe it’s time to go home already!

It’s My Life! And I’m loving it!
How was your week?

Alert! Festive Radio Special and Giveaway to celebrate Spirits of Christmas!

Last Friday saw the release of my little festive novella, Spirits of Christmas. You know me, I’m a party girl ~ I like extended jollifications and outrageous festivities! Naturally, there’ll be a proper party for the release of Spirits of Christmas, and you are most cordially invited! Read on for the details of my festive fun extravaganza this coming Wednesday (6 November) AND for the giveaway which could mean you could lay your hands on a signed paperback copy of Spirits of Christmas or one of the best Christmas rock’n’roll albums ever. Hooray!

Festive Fun in honour of  “Spirits of Christmas”  on Siren 107.3 FM:
Wednesday, 6 November,
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. GMT

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Tune in to Siren 107.3 FM ‘on air’ or listen  ONLINE for this fabulously special festive show. We’ll be talking to a host of regular contributors, we’ll be sharing favourite Christmas traditions, recipes and rock songs, and we’ll have three very special phone in guests indeed:

JB Johnston from

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Kelly Findlay from

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Sharon Goodwin from

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You can’t miss this ~ Tune In!! But there’s more:

THE GIVEAWAY:
TWO SIGNED PAPERBACKS AND ONE ROCKING CHRISTMAS ALBUM UP FOR GRABS!

You could win one of two signed paperback copies complete with dedication to you!

You could win one of two signed paperback copies complete with dedication to you!

Or you could win this fabulous brand new compilation of Christmas rock and pop songs ~ in CD *or* MP3 download format! :-)

Or you could win once copy of this fabulous brand new compilation of Christmas rock and pop songs ~ in CD *or* Amazon MP3 download format! 🙂

How’s that for getting into the festive spirit?

Here’s how to enter:

Standard Entry

 Submit the name of your favourite Christmas song ever (rock, pop, classic or Carol) or tell me about your most cherished Christmas tradition. Simply submit your entry via this form:

Bonus Entries!!

If you want to enter more than once, here are a few other ways you could enter.

Twitter Entry: Share this tweet to be entered in the competition. One tweet equals one entry and you can enter as many times as you like!

On Air party for SPIRITS OF CHRISTMAS by @WellsNicky on @sirenfm 6 Nov 5-7pm GMT: #WIN #paperback or #Xmas #Album http://wp.me/p1HzVM-1l6

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Share your review of Spirits of Christmas ~ if you have recently reviewed Spirits of Christmas on Amazon or Goodreads, simply send me a link to your review via the entry submissions form above! 🙂

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Leave a blog post comment ~ in addition to your standard entry, you could also leave a blog post comment about your favourite Xmas tune or tradition. 🙂

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The Small Print : This giveaway is open from NOW until 3 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, 6 November. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Giveaway is open internationally. Winners will be announced on the show.

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GOOD LUCK ~ I look forward to hearing all your lovely choices! 🙂

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Haven’t got your copy of Spirits of Christmas yet? Find it here:

Amazon.co.uk Kindle | Amazon.co.uk Paperback
Amazon.com Kindle | Amazon.com Paperback

Sophie’s Encore Launch: A photo and audio round-up of festivities!

Remember that tune, “Oh What a Night?” Now sing, “Oh What A Week” and you’ll know where I’m coming from!


Last week saw the launch of my third novel, Sophie’s Encore. Festivities began with a radio launch party over at Siren 107.3 FM on Wednesday, 4 September. That Wednesday morning dawned clear and bright, and I had no idea just how much fun the next few days would hold.

Here’s my launch week in photos and audio clips. Thank you to everyone who took part, stopped by, sent good wishes, tweeted, shared on Facebook and bought The Book. You rock. And I couldn’t be an author without you.

Pub Day -1:
Radio Celebrity (LOL!)

SPECIAL GUESTS:

THE HUSH ROCK BAND
NICK ELLIOTT
XANDER DEMOS

Listen In!

(click HERE: southsidebroadcasting, then click ‘Listen Now’)

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 1:
Starting in Nashville with Cameron Tilbury before
another note from Jersey with Anna Lewis.
***includes reading from Sophie’s Encore***

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 2:
We take a slight detour and discuss badger culling and Farmers Weekly awards… we rock’n’roll in every respect! 

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 3:
Another encounter with premier photographer Nick Elliott, plus lead guitarist with The Hush, Lee Landrum — with heaps of shout-outs to online listeners…

Sophie’s Encore Party on Siren 107.3 FM, Part 4:
Ace Rock Guitarist Xander Demos shoots the breeze with Nicky Wells, Holly Cox, Hannah Sylvester , Ed Wellman & Alex Lewczuk, before the team provide a Midweek Drive debut for Actor/Producer Burt Bulos, who provides the team with thoughts on `The Lady Killers` `NCIS` & more…

In-Show Photo: Hannah Sylvester, Ed Wellman, Holly Cox (and me, of course). :-)

In-Show Photo: Hannah Sylvester, Ed Wellman, Holly Cox (and me, of course). 🙂

Living like the rock stars... let's have an After Party!

Living like the rock stars… let’s have an After Party!

And a toast! Of course, a toast" *Cheers*

And a toast! Of course, a toast” *Cheers*

Publication Day:
Local Author in Action

All set and ready to roll at Welton Library.

All set and ready to roll at Welton Library.

First arrivals... let's take a photo before it gets busy!

First arrivals… let’s take a photo before it gets too busy!

Time for dinner! Cheers! What a day... :-) Livin' it up!

Time for dinner! Cheers! What a day… 🙂 Livin’ it up!

Publication Day +1:
Bestselling Author

Friday, 6 September, was spent largely recovering from the blast of the days before, responding to emails, chatting with folks and (*psssst don’t tell anyone*) catching up on sleep. No photos of the sleeping beauty, though. 🙂

However. THIS is what I found in the morning on Amazon.com. It’s a ranking for Sophie’s Turn, book 1 in the Trilogy.

Get this. Sophie's Turn is now *officially* a BESTSELLING ROMANTIC COMEDY!!!  (And the image is so large not because I enjoy showing off ~ although *coughs* I do ~ but because otherwise, you can't see what's on it. LOL

Get this. Sophie’s Turn is now *officially* a BESTSELLING ROMANTIC COMEDY!!!
(And the image is so large not because I enjoy showing off ~ although *coughs* I do ~ but because otherwise, you can’t see what’s on it. LOL

Publication Day +2:
Author On Tour

On Saturday morning, I presented myself bright and early at the BookStop Café in Lincoln for a two-hour author appearance. Huge thanks to Joff Gainey for making this possible. 🙂

Setting up ~ prime position by the entrance. Nice job!

Setting up ~ prime position by the entrance. Nice job!

First customer. Yes, she bought the entire Trilogy. Thank you! :-)

First customer. Yes, she bought the entire Trilogy. Thank you! 🙂

With Paul Redfern, who kept me amused with anecdotes from his favourite spot on the sofa opposite.

With Paul Redfern, who kept us all amused with anecdotes from his favourite spot on the sofa opposite my ‘signing station’.

"Queuing out the door." (Joff's caption for this ace photo!)

“Queuing out the door.” (Joff’s caption for this ace photo!)

Review Highlights

These are highlights from the reviews that rolled in for Sophie’s Encore on September 4, 5 and 6, 2013.

WORTHY OF A SHINY PLATINUM DISC! 5 Crowns! Perusing Princesses

How to read Sophie’s Encore: get rid of house mates, take phone off the hook, do not answer the door! Kim The Bookworm

With Sophie’s Encore, Nicky Wells gives the reader one hell of a finale! 5 Stars! Jersey Girl Book Reviews

Sophie’s Encore is in a league of its own! Cosmochicklitan

Fast paced and addictive! Today I’m Reading

~I hid in the photocopy room in work to finish the book! Oh lovely Dan. Oh sexy Dan! Dan rocked my world! Brook Cottage Books

And best of all, there were some blush-worthy scenes! Chick Lit Central

Without a doubt, one of my favorite reads of the year! Thank you Nicky Wells….you are the quintessential author of fiction! Nancy Reilly

Wow-eee! Well, what can I say? Thank you, dear readers and supporters. You all rock, every one of you.
It was a fabulous launch, an amazing reward for me personally, and an incentive to do it all again, and soon….

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Rock on!

Launch Party for Sophie’s Encore on Siren 107.3 FM *Tonight* 5-7pm UK

The party starts here!
Tune in to Siren 107.3 FM or listen online from 5pm-7pm BST for…. *drumroll*

The Sophie’s Encore Launch Party!!

Yup! The wonderful Alex Lewczuk is giving over the Midweek Drive yet again to the Rock Star Romance Trilogy. But then he’s as excited about this third book as I am! Says Alex:

“Sophie’s Encore is a riveting page-turner with a pace that throbs like the most potent rock-ballad—A clear winner!”

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THE PROGRAMME

~Readings from Sophie’s Encore
~Rock music, and non-rock music. Of course!

~Chat with some Very Special Guests indeed!

SPECIAL GUESTS
Well, what would a party be without guests?
Proudly presenting my phone-in guests:

THE HUSH ROCK BAND
We’ll be chatting with lead guitarist Lee!

NICK ELLIOTT
Renowned Rock Photographer Nick Elliott will be joining us on the phone to chat about his work and The Magic of Rock!

XANDER DEMOS
High-energy rock and metal guitarist!

Also appearing as phone-in guests and in studio:

Cameron Tilbury, my ace publicist
Ed Wellman, Midweek Drive Contributor of the Year

Proudly presenting my latest book baby in the Siren Studios!

Proudly presenting my latest book baby in the Siren Studios!

Tune in and say hello! You can message us during the show by writing on the Siren 107.3 FM Facebook page!!!

Click ‘here’ to say hi during the show: SIREN ON FB

In other news!!

I’ll be hosting book signing events on
Thursday, 5 September, and Saturday, 7 September. Come and see me! 🙂
5 September, Welton Library, Welton, 4pm-5pm
7 September, BookStop Café, Steep Hill, Lincoln, 11am-1pm

Let’s make this a rocking launch! ROCK ON!

Launch day for Sophie’s Run!

7 February.
On this day in 2012, I had submitted my first novel, Sophie’s Turn, to Sapphire Star Publishing a few weeks previously. I was waiting with bated breath to hear back, having shared this latest submission with only my closest three friends and, of course, my husband. I was trying to keep a lid on it.

OSo imagine how excited I am today, less than a year that I signed with my publisher, to shout about the release of my second book, Sophie’s Run.

This might be a good time to put a finger in your ears.
LOL!

About Sophie’s Run

Glamour, glitz, intrigue, romance, weddings, betrayal, travel, rock music, food, a fire, an exploding cake, a gorgeous rock star, a zany best friend and a dashing male nurse.

Sophies_Run.inddGirl next door gets incredibly distraught in her quest for true love ~ Sophie‘s story.

Rock star suffers unrequited love ~ Dan‘s story.

Best friend loses her way, big time ~ Rachel‘s story.

Boy next door can’t believe his luck ~ Steve‘s story.

Intrigued? Here’s the blurb:

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour…

So she has finally found the man of her dreams; well, she’s seen him, for sure!  Yet rock star and ex-fiancé, Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance—even if he is just trying to be helpful. A fire, an impromptu mini-trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophie is still struggling to meet the love of her life. Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal. Sophie has had enough. Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life back on track.

Sophie’s Run is now available in Kindle edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, and in Paperback edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can also get the paperback at Barnes & Noble, or download Sophie’s Run onto your Nook (coming soon).

Stop Press! To celebrate the launch of Sophie’s Run, you can get your Kindle copy of Sophie’s Turn for a special promotional price of $.099/£0.77 for TODAY (7 February 2013) ONLY. If you haven’t got it already ~ here’s your promo chance!!

The Preview Party

YesSR_Siren_badgeterday, I had the tremendous pleasure of hosting a Preview Launch Party for Sophie’s Run over on Siren 107.3 FM. Chief host and producer was, of course, the one and only Alex Lewczuk, who very kindly dedicated the midweek drive show to this launch. We had some illustrious guests phoning in and here are the highlights:

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Lead singer Jazmine Giovanni and guitarist Lee Landrum phoned in from United States to chat about writing, making and performing rock music and shared some rock star moments with us.

Reviewer Kim Nash plus Amy Lichtenhan and Katie Henson of Sapphire Star Publishing

Kim & BooksReviewer, book lover and ace book blogger, Kim Nash, shared her thoughts on Sophie’s Run… find out who she sees as Dan in ‘Sophie’s Run, the movie.’

main_logoAmy Lichtenhan and Katie Henson of Sapphire Star Publishing chat about signing the Rock Star Romance Trilogy and the appeal of my books. This is the part where I blush!

We had a fabulous time in studio!

Talking to my phone-in VIPs!

Talking to my phone-in VIPs!

And this is only the beginning! I’ll try to bring you a soundclip for our fabulous chat with iconic rock photographer, Nick Elliott, as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can already listen to the podcast for the Sophie’s Run Special MidWeek Drive featuring  Nick as well as a couple of readings from Sophie’s Run and a chat with Cameron Tilbury here: http://southsidebroadcasting.podbean.com/2013/02/06/the-midweek-drive-sophies-run-launch-day-special/

In the studio celebrating with me were:

~Alex Lewczuk
~Ed Wellman
~Katie Grimason
~Shelley Paulson

Katie Grimason, Shelley Paulson, and Ed Wellman, dream team!

Katie Grimason, Shelley Paulson, and Ed Wellman, dream team!

Sophie's Run on air give-away, competently adminstered and adjudicated by ED WELLMAN. Draw effected by Shelley Paulson and Katie Grimason and the winner is.... SHERYL BROWNE! Congratulations!

Sophie’s Run on air give-away, competently administered and adjudicated by ED WELLMAN. Draw effected by Shelley Paulson and Katie Grimason and the winner is…. SHERYL BROWNE! Congratulations!

Alex, Nicky, Ed and Katie: CHEERS!

Alex, Nicky, Ed and Katie: CHEERS!

The Party goes on ~ Join in and grab a giveaway!

I am celebrating all day over on Facebook! Pop on over and share your music, your rock stories, and your favourite bits of Sophie’s Turn or Sophie’s Run. I’d love to see you there!

Speaking of sharing, I am offering a giveaway! A double giveaway!

First of all, because I love chocolate almost as much as I love rock music, I am giving away one delicious chocolate gift to a lucky winner in the UK or North America!

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You can enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

 The small print: This Gift prize is a product of Unique Chocolate. The Gift prize is subject to availability in your country. If the Gift prize is not available in your country, Nicky Wells reserves the right to offer a substitute gift prize of a similar nature at her discretion. Nicky Wells will require the winner’s postal address for shipping purposes.

BONUS GIVEAWAY!

I am offering a giveaway of one Amazon gift voucher worth $20/£15 for one lucky winner. To enter, simply share your thoughts on Sophie’s Run with me. Email your comment to nickywells@sapphirestarpublishing.com and your name will be entered into the draw. Competition closes 1 May 2013. Good luck!

Thank you!

Thank you very much for your support over the past months and your enthusiasm for this launch. My job wouldn’t be worth doing if it weren’t for you, my readers, and I appreciate your every tweet, your every like, every email, every piece of feedback, every idea you share. Rock on!

A big thank you also goes to the following people for all their support: my husband and my family, Amy and Katie at Sapphire Star Publishing; Alex Lewzcuk and the team at Siren 107.3 FM; Linn B Halton; everyone at loveahappyending.com; my writing buddy, Sue Fortin; THE HUSH BAND; Nick Elliott; Kim Nash; Sharon Goodwin; Nova Reylin; Tobi Helton; Kate Verrier; Evelyn Chong; Katie Mettner. You guys are my rock stars and I couldn’t do this without you. Mwah!

A Shared Book Birthday: Give It Up for Elizabeth Arroyo!!

TheSecondSign_350elizabetharroyoMy Sapphire Star Publishing sister, the talented Elizabeth Arroyo, is also celebrating today as she releases her first novel, The Second Sign.

Hop on over to Elizabeth’s website or Facebook party to say hello and take part in the festivities!

Congrats, Elizabeth, I hope you have a rocking first Book Birthday! XX

Let’s party….